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Orthotics is the name given to shoe inserts that can be used to correct faulty movement or positioning of the foot. These can range from basic arch supports and wedges, to custom made devices that are the full length of the shoe.
For many conditions we see in our Dublin 4 clinic, from heel pain to back pain, our chartered physiotherapists will include a brief screening of the feet. We look for issues such as flat feet, high arches, bunions and skin condition. If issues are picked up in this screening a more detailed examination will be carried out. Often we find that changes in the biomechanics of the foot will impact on joints higher up. For example fallen arches are found with many people presenting with knee pain. In many cases supportive foot wear is all that’s needed to correct these issues. But for others an ‘off the shelf’ or custom made insole may be recommended. Your physiotherapist will discuss with you the benefits of various insoles versus the cost.
Here are some ways that orthotics can help certain conditions: